Is making New Year’s health and fitness resolutions a waste of time? Pennington Biomedical Research Assistant Professor Jacob May has some tips to help you stay on track. May suggests making subtle adjustments to your diet and asking yourself each day…
“Did I pick some fresh fruit? Did I pick some fresh vegetables today? And did I eat them? And that’s one of the simplest things you can do. Be moving in a positive direction. This is to confirm.”
When starting a new exercise routine, it’s a good idea to start with a few days of low-effort exercise. If you don’t work out at all, May says, don’t set a goal of working out six days a week. He suggests starting slowly rather than going all in.
“It could be small, simple things like taking the stairs as often as possible. Park your car away from all entrances. These are small simple things you can do every day to increase your activity level and step count. It’s a habit.”
Your health goals should also include celebrating small victories to keep track of how far you’ve come.
May says to be kind to yourself when things don’t go as planned. He says to regroup and identify achievable steps to continue.
“Find what works for you. Find a way to manage it and track your progress. And that’s the best way to move forward from a personal standpoint.”